Christopher Hadnagy
ISBN: 0470639539
Read: 3/8/2014
Pages: 382
Rating: 6/10
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Reading Ease: Reading Time:12 hours

Social Engineering is about the key weapon hackers are starting to utilize to break into security systems. It is often more difficult to try to brute force break into a system so hackers are using psychological tricks or other techniques to manipulate people into giving up confidential information or perform certain actions to gain access to larger parts of a system. The author talks about ways people and companies are hacked or taken advantage of and how to better protect yourself. Parts of the book may become outdated as it focuses on particular set of technologies or tools used in a field that continues to change and evolve. I would have actually preferred the book to have a more academic tone with a stronger psychological focus.

Motivations to Read

Social Engineer was a term I had recently been introduced to at the time, but I knew about certain tactics people would use to try to trick you into giving up information. My intent in reading these kinds of books is to become more knowledgeable and aware for defensive reasons. I need to understand the tricks the cons use to better protect myself from being victim. It's still a learning process and security has become even more important than ever before in our hyper digital world.

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn the maneuvers and other tricks hackers use into order to gather information
  • Dissect the technical aspects of social engineering methods
  • Learn how to better secure your business for social engineering tactics
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